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University of Glasgow

United Kingdom
Overview

Overview

A prestigious institution, the University of Glasgow has been educating students since 1451. Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, Glasgow is the fourth-oldest higher education provider in the UK, and was given the title of Scottish University of the Year by the Good University Guide in 2018.

The University of Glasgow is a truly international organisation, opening its doors to students and staff from over 140 countries. Additionally, it is a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of research-focused institutions which work to improve the standards of higher education worldwide.

Students can choose from over 600 different courses on offer at the institution, and can seek guidance from a brilliant student support service that helps with queries about workload, life in the UK, or even how to pay tuition fees. Students can also use the university’s Internship Hub, which offers over 350 internship opportunities every year.

Glasgow has a number of notable alumni, too. From Joseph Lister, who introduced the world to antiseptic, all the way to Nicola Sturgeon, the current First Minister of Scotland. It even welcomed Albert Einstein in 1933 to give a lecture on the theory of relativity.

Ideal for international students, Glasgow is well-known as the cultural capital of Scotland. It has numerous vibrant museums, galleries and performing arts centres, as well as stunning examples of architecture.

With 95.9% of graduates being employed or involved in further study 12 months after leaving the university, students can feel confident that a degree from Glasgow will leave them ready to take the step into employment after graduation.

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What's new

What's new

The university is investing GBP 1 billion into a new campus which will benefit students for years to come. Some features include a learning hub, and a research hub.

James McCune Smith Learning Hub

This will provide a dynamic creative space for students. There will be flexible study and social learning areas, where many styles of technology-led teaching can take place. Students will have round-the-clock access to this building.

Research Hub

This Hub will provide the university, for the first time, a space for nurturing interdisciplinary thematic research ‘at scale’ – crossing traditional boundaries and established ways of working. There will be an Innovation Accelerator area, where top-quality office and laboratory spaces can facilitate for entrepreneurs and corporate spin-offs. This will allow for partnerships between corporate research groups and wider university programmes.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Glasgow ranked 1st in the Russell Group for teaching, as per the National Student Survey 2018. The university’s learning and teaching is shaped by a research-rich environment.

A motivated, vibrant, diverse community of learners and teachers work in partnership at Glasgow to develop independent, skilled and highly valued graduates with the confidence to make a positive change in society.

Glasgow’s teaching practice, processes and facilities engage students in innovative, globally relevant and challenging curricula.

Its teaching community is a diverse group of individuals from a broad geographical and socio-economic background, who enter the university on the basis of aptitude and potential.

Students will also be offered English language skills development, if required, to help them make the most of the international opportunities available to them.

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Colleges

Colleges

Glasgow has four colleges, each bringing together the research and teaching expertise of a number of schools and institutes. Every college has a graduate school.

The College of Arts

The College of Arts has been at the forefront of delivering world-leading teaching, learning and research in the arts and humanities since the university’s inception. Glasgow is in the world’s top 70 universities for arts and humanities (2019 QS Faculty World Rankings).

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Established in 2010, the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences consists of globally-recognised academic experts and modern facilities, aiming to improve the health of all beings around the world. The college has a reputation for excellent research led teaching, and it works hard to prepare students for a range of careers in the professional world.

The College of Science and Engineering

Its world-leading research and the impact it makes to the global economy make the College of Science and Engineering an exciting and stimulating environment to study in. The college’s research spans seven academic disciplines and ranges from fundamental discovery to tackling grand societal challenges and developing new technologies.

The College of Social Sciences

The college enjoys an international reputation and makes a major contribution to the university of Glasgow as a broad-based, research-intensive university. It leads the university’s ambitions to expand international recruitment for taught postgraduate programmes. The college includes the Adam Smith Business School which holds triple accreditation, making it part of an elite group of less than 1% of the world’s business schools.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For students from the USA:

Undergraduate Level

  • SAT/AP:
    • Method 1:
      • Sat: 1280 or ACT: 27
      • Plus
      • In relevant subjects 2 x AP examinations: 4+ or 2 x SAT subject test: 600+
    • Method 2:
      • In relevant subjects 3 x AP examinations: 4+ or 3 x SAT subject test: 600+
  • A Levels: BBB – AAB (check website for specific programme criteria)
  • International Baccalaureate: 32 – 36 points with specific subjects at higher level (check website for specific programme criteria)
  • High School Diploma: Usually not accepted for entry – see entry to Foundation.

Foundation: Glasgow International College

Successful completion of a High School Diploma. On completion of your Foundation Certificate, with the minimum required scores, you will progress directly to Year 2 of the bachelor’s degree at the university of Glasgow.

Postgraduate Taught

Successful completion of bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or college with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. Scores below this can be considered for a Pre-master’s programme at Glasgow International College.

Postgraduate Research

Successful completion of bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or college with a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. Some PhD programmes will also require completion of a masters.

Student Visa Pilot

The University of Glasgow is one of 23 universities that has been nominated by the Home Office to take part in a student visa pilot scheme. This attempts to streamline the process for international students looking to study a master’s degree in the UK, and pursue professional work afterwards. The University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh are the only two universities in Scotland to be chosen for the scheme.

The scheme intends to make the process simpler for international students who intend to study in the UK for a maximum of 13 months, and then to receive a work visa and work in a graduate role. It will give them the chance to stay in the UK for a further six months after the end of their master’s course. Students can head to the website to see a list of the different courses available.

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Facilities

Facilities

Students at Glasgow will benefit from the university’s numerous recreational areas for fitness, state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for research and study, and on-campus residential options for a fulfilling student experience.

Electronic Facilities

  • High-performance computing facilities for design and simulation
  • Design/simulation software like Cadence, Lumerical, Tempest, Agilent ADS and Synopsys
  • The Glasgow Laboratory for Advanced Detector Development (GLADD) – an electronic device fabrication and test facility.

Learning Facilities

  • One of Europe’s largest libraries with 24/7 online access. Spanning 12 Wi-fi enabled floors the library is home to more than 2.5 million books and journals and over 800,000 e-books and e-journals
  • The Hunterian at Kelvin Hall. One of the world’s leading university museums and a centre of excellence for research, teaching and public engagement
  • A GBP 27 million purpose-built Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre for the training of undergraduate medical, nursing and postgraduate students, alongside NHS doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
  • The James Watt Nanofabrication Centre has comprehensive micro and nanofabrication facilities housed within 750m2 of cleanroom space including one of the most advanced large-area, high-resolution electron beam lithography tools in the world.

Sports Facilities

Some available across campus in various areas are

  • Six-lane, 25m swimming pool
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Power Play Strength suite
  • Pulse Cardio suite
  • Activity hall
  • Competition Sports hall
  • Exercise studios
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Cricket oval

Residential Options

Students are guaranteed accommodation if they study full-time. There is a variety of flat and room types at varying costs to choose from. All residences have fully trained living support staff including wardens and support assistants.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Some of the scholarships on offer to international students at Glasgow include:

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has many undergraduate scholarships available to new international students. These are awarded as a GBP 5,000 tuition fee discount (per year of study) and are subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate excellent academic achievement before starting university
  • Be classed as international students for fee purposes
  • Hold an offer of a place for an undergraduate programme.

University International Leadership Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 20 International Leadership Scholarships available to international students starting a postgraduate taught master’s programme in any discipline. The scholarship of GBP 10,000 is awarded as a tuition fees discount.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate academic excellence and achieve grades equivalent to UK first class honours
  • Hold an offer of a place for a postgraduate taught programme
  • Be classed as an international student for fee purposes

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4.2
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Great facilities and staff! The support from every sectors are as magnificent as the main building.
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University of Glasgow University of Glasgow
Rated3/5based on5 student reviews
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The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451. It is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and is the member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities. The university is one of the top 100 of the world and has unique partnerships with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nankai University and the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China meaning that it continues to extend its global footprint through innovative transnational education.

The University of Glasgow has four colleges, namely, the College of Arts the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Social Sciences, each bringing together the research and teaching expertise of a number of schools and institutes. It is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

There are countless ways for students to get involved in their student life from hanging out in one of the student unions, to joining one of university?s student media teams or sitting on Students Representative Council. The SRC offers more than 250 clubs and societies from Capoeira dancing to TEDx to physics, as well as over 40 volunteering opportunities. Joining student clubs and societies is a great way to learn new skills and make friends.

The University?s main campus is nestled within Glasgow?s cosy and cultural West End, which is packed full of cafes, bars, vintage boutiques and cultural attractions. Boasting the largest retail centre outside of London?s West End, Glasgow offers a ?style mile? containing big-name shops like Urban Outftters, Zara and the Apple Store, as well as designer outlets and boutiques. Across 80 hectares at the north-west boundary of the city lies beautiful Garscube campus which is just four miles from the University?s Gilmorehill campus.
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